- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota organization that helps raise money for railroad rehabilitation says more than $1 million has been committed locally to help match a federal grant for which the state is applying.

Rails to the Future says the state is seeking $12.6 million in a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. The state wants to rehab the state-owned railroad from Chamberlain to Presho.

The entire project is estimated to cost $29 million. Earlier this month, the South Dakota Railroad Board committed $14 million toward the project.

The organization says the commitments have been made by farmers, businesses, agriculture organizations and tribal and local governments.

The state Department of Transportation will officially submit the application next week.

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